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abbreviation for epidural blood patch.


A gene on chromosome Xp11.23-p11.22 that encodes emopamil-binding protein, an integral membrane protein of the endoplasmic reticulum, which catalyses the conversion of delta8 sterols to delta7-isomers and may be involved in drug transport by P glycoprotein.
Molecular pathology
EBP mutations cause chondrodysplasia punctata type 2 (Conradi-Hünermann syndrome).


(prak'tis) [L. practica, practical work, fr Gr. praktike]
1. The use by a health care professional of knowledge and skill to provide a service in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and in the maintenance of health.
2. The continuing, repetitive effort to become proficient and to improve one's skill in the practice of medicine.

blocked practice

A means of gaining mastery over a skill by drilling, i.e., by performing tasks or movements repeatedly according to a fixed procedure. Research shows that while blocked practice is superior at improving immediate performance, it is not as effective as other approaches, such as random practice, for retained learning. See: random practice

evidence-based practice

Abbreviation: EBP
Evidence-based health care.

family practice

Comprehensive medical care with particular emphasis on the family unit, in which the physician's continuing responsibility for health care is not limited by the patient's age or sex or by a particular organ system or disease entity.

Family practice is the specialty that builds on a core of knowledge derived from other disciplines, drawing most heavily on Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, and Psychiatry, and establishes a cohesive unit, combining the behavioral sciences with the traditional biological and clinical sciences. The core of knowledge encompassed by the discipline of family practice prepares the family physician for a unique role in patient management, problem solving, counseling, and as a personal physician who coordinates total health care delivery. (Definition supplied by The American Academy of Family Physicians.)

legitimate medical practice

Any form of treatment that is accepted under the Medical Practice Acts enacted by each of the fifty U.S. states.

patient safety practice

A systematic health care practice that reduces the likelihood that patients will suffer undesirable side effects from treatment.

private practice

The practice by a health care professional, usually a physician or dentist, in a setting in which the practice and the practitioner are independent of external policy control other than ethics of the professional and state licensing laws.

random practice

A means of gaining mastery over a skill through training exercises that vary the sequence of elements in the skill. Compared with blocked practice, in which a skill is learned by fixed, repetitive drilling, random practice, with its frequently modified routine, results in better retention of the skill after training is completed. See: blocked practice

recommended practice

Abbreviation: RP
A protocol for care about which there is general agreement, e.g., a practice guideline or officially sanctioned technique, esp. one that enhances the safety or reliability of care.

wear and care practice

Guidelines for the use and cleansing of contact lenses, designed to optimize their healthful and safe use.
Synonym: wear and care regimen
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The effectiveness of the online modules regarding students' EBP knowledge and skills was assessed using the AFT, a valid and reliable case-based assessment tool that was initially designed for allied health professionals [28, 29].
The 11 EPIC items are related to confidence in completing the steps of the EBP process, as well as more specific questions related to critically appraising statistics found in research.
While participants recognised the importance of EBP from their university education, the desire to use research to enhance knowledge was confounded by an overall uncertainty and a lack of confidence in approaching the evidence-base:
A convenience sample of nephrology nurses attending the EBP preconferences comprised the sample.
23) The KACE assessment instrument includes a total of 35 questions: EBP knowledge (10), EBP attitudes (10), EBP access to evidence (9) and EBP confidence (6).
17) Previous surveys and interviews of chiropractors in Australia, USA, Germany and the UK generally report favorable attitudes toward EBP (24-27), with respondents indicating that research is important in establishing chiropractic as a legitimate profession (26,27).
In the case of an EBP audit, this means getting the appropriate training, providing proper supervision and review, assigning qualified staff with experience, and obtaining the proper resources to do the job right.
These are three of many examples of varied exposure to and experience with EBP.
All this adds up to a consensus that EBP is a vital part of the profession.
CONCLUSION The incorporation of EBP and its components was not widely acknowledged by ANEs.
The process for the elaboration of guides for EBP includes several steps: definition of the problem like the need for an EBP guide; a systematic search and review of literature, including identification of the level of evidence available; evaluation of the evidence and recommendations for the practice; review by experts and dissemination.
In recent years, a number of models for teaching EBP have been implemented in baccalaureate nursing programs.